PLUS helpful journal prompts for anytime of day to keep you inspired!
If there is one thing I get asked often over on the gram it is “how do I start journaling and how do I make it stick?!”. Many of us understand the benefits of journaling but it can seem daunting to get started, or we start and end up throwing in the towel after just a week or 2. Trust me I have been there!
Below are some simple tips that have helped me turn it into a daily habit. I hope they help you too.
- Do it at a time that suits you!
For a long time I stop started my journaling journey. And you know why? Because I had it in my head that I had to do it in the morning before I started my day. I was feeding myself a bullshit narrative that unless I woke up EVEN EARLIER to do it BEFORE my day started that it wouldn’t be beneficial. The reality for many of us is that life in unpredictable, especially with kids! So I call BS on the morning journaling session (unless it floats your boat!), and do it when it suits you and your life best.
I now journal most days. Some days I find time during the day when my kids are in daycare. And other days I pop it into my nighttime routine. And on the days where it just doesn’t happen, I show myself some self-compassion and know there is always tomorrow. Once it becomes a habit you will actually miss it on the days you miss the boat.
So my best piece of advice is to carve out the time when it suits you best!
Then my little bonus tip is to set yourself a reminder in your phone to get it done! It kind of feels like cheating BUT in this modern world with so much going on we may as well put our technology to work for us.
Once you have played around with a time that suits you best, pop a reminder into your phone so you don’t forget to put pen to paper. If it goes off and you would prefer to bump it just reschedule it to later that day.
2. Don’t enjoy writing with a pen? Find another way of getting your thoughts out of your head!
I have always liked having physical objects in my hands when it comes to note pads, journals, diaries and books. But if you would prefer a digital option that you can store on your phone, there are options out there! Or simply use the notes application on your phone.
3. Pop some notes down on the front few pages to keep you inspired!
One of the hardest parts of started to journal is thinking about what the bloody hell you are going to journal about in the first place. I have filled the first few pages of my journal with my favourite affirmations, prayers and prompts so I can refer back to it on the days where I am feeling a little lost and don’t know where to start.
My tip is to check out Pinterest for some daily inspiration!
Last word: Don’t expect to show up to journal your tits off everyday. Some days I have lots of my mind and write pages and pages. Other days I may be struggling and a simple “list 5 things I am grateful for “is all I can manage. Be kind to yourself with it and go with the flow.
4. Be consistent and show up on the Happy, Sad and Meh days!
Showing up daily will help you to identify behavioral patterns over time that you may not be aware of. If we only journal when we are sad, anxious or unhappy it isn’t going to be the best thing to reflect on come the end of the year. Use your journaling sessions to practice being vulnerable, open and honest with yourself through the good and bad times. The power of journaling is truly amazing. Once you allow yourself to feel and to open up, you will start to uncover more about yourself.
5. Have fun with it!
Don’t make it another thing to cross off your “to do “ list each day. I stop started FOR YEARS! It wasn’t until I really needed journaling in my life that it finally stuck. Make it work for you. Play around with when you do it, your prompts, your style of writing, and go with the flow.
Thank you again for dropping by! And don’t forget to print out the FREE Journaling prompts, the perfect little thing to pop into your journal to help keep you inspired anytime of day!
My Favourite Journal Prompts
Journal prompts for the morning:
- What are 3 things I want to feel today?
- What are 3 things I can do that will support how I want to feel today?
- What are 3 things I am grateful for?
- What are 3 things I want to get done today?
- What do I want to be for myself and others today?
Journal prompts for the evening:
- What did I do well today?
- What did I do not that well today?
- What lesson did I learn from it?
- Who made me feel special today/who did I make feel special today?
- The highlight of my day was “_ ”and it made me feel “_”
Journal prompts for self discovery:
- What does your dream life look like?
- What does your happiest version of you look like?
- What is this most valuable thing you have learnt from this life?
- Describe the one that that, if it happens, would make your life better? Why would it make it better?
- What do you do really well? Why?
- What do you want to do better? Why?